Spawning time.

I was walking up my home creek and spotted  a surprisingly healthy number of trout spawning this year. We have not had decent amount of rain in months and so the rivers and lakes are very low. In fact I think that the lake has never been this low before, well not since they dammed it back in the mid 1800s.

However these trout seems to be hard as nails and will survive almost anything.

As I was walking up the creek I found a couple of good-sized trout fighting over a female.

A female sharing her redd

A female sharing her redd

Bring on next season!

Fantastic Mr Trout.

A Season Ends.

Summer is slowly turning into autumn here in Sweden, a lot of our rivers will be closing for this years spawning. But before the brown trout season ends I decided to go fishing up the secret creek one last time. We arrived early in the morning; as usual I sat down at my favorite spot and enjoyed a morning coffee while keeping a watchful eye for any sign of rising trout.

It did not take long before we found fish; unfortunately the risers were nowhere to be seen so we had to turn to nymph fishing. Free drifting caddis pupa seemed to be on the menu today. I fish the caddis pupa in various sizes and colors but the one who caught the most fish was a light tan-colored caddis pupa.

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Around mid-day the fish seemed to stop eating and it was slow fishing up until late that evening.  A caddis hatch came off just as the sun started to hide behind the trees. In the darkness of night the trout had the advantage, trying to set a hook in pitch black conditions turned out to be a bit of a challenge. By the end of it I would just try to set every time I heard a rise but I was quite unsuccessful. It was with mixed feelings I left the creek that night, a part of me wanted the season to never end and another part was happy that it was over.

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As one season ends, another one begins. On the far side of the planet, New Zealand offers some of the best trout fishing in the world, if not the best. Here you will be sight-fishing for big brown trout and Rainbows in crystal clear water and in the most amazing scenery. The other good thing with fly-fishing in New Zealand is that it will keep the fly-fishing season alive, even during our colder winter months here in Europe. Something I need to keep my sanity and well-being.

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Dry fly heaven

This is a short clip from a trip to a secret little creek. Five trout feeding on may-flies just within 10 meters of me. There will be a longer edit later on with more fishing.

Watch this in 1080p, full screen and enjoy.

Fantastic Mr Trout

Sinking May-Fly

It was a rainy day in early june 2011, I was fishing a tiny creek in sweden with a couple of good friends that just happen to be the founders of www.frontsidefly.com. This is a clip of me hooking what I thought to be a couple of branches that was in the water infront of me. It turned out to be something else.

I am keen to find out what happened to the next part of this tale, years has gone by and no follow up as the teaser at the end suggested. Rolf “the crazy boss over att frontsidefly.com” if your reading this, put down the coffe cup that I know your holding and pick up your computer and finish the edit please. I´m dying to see that beautiful trout again.

Trout hunting in Norway

A couple of years a go I came across a river in Norway, that would quickly become an all time favorite. This river had it all, nice scenery, fun riffle, runs and back eddies to fish. A rich insect life with prolific may-fly and Caddis hatches. If that was not enough, the trout that inhabit this river turned out to be something quite spectacular, with a deep red color on it´s belly and their green backs, they looked nothing I have seen before.

A stunning male trout.

A stunning male trout.

The insect hatch can be out of this world. Some afternoon´s, the air will be filled with so many up-whinged insects and caddis, that it makes it almost impossible to see to the other side of the river.

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A wonderful photo of an auriviilli from Peter Christensen.

Aurivilli By: Peter Andreas Christensen.

The Auriviilli is probably the most important may-fly up here, at least from an angler´s point of view. No other may-fly will push so many big fish towards the surface. When they hatch, it is like turning on a switch. Mayflies in a staggering amount drifting down the current while trout feed on them like there is no tomorrow. It´s during these times that you can have one of those magical moments of fishing, when every trout is looking up towards the surface.

Fantastic Mr Trout with a beautiful fish.

The weather can change on a dime, and if your unlucky, it will cut a hatch short and ruin what could have been a great day on the river. I´ve seen it to many times, a lot of insects coming off and you think to yourself, today is the day it all happens, only to have it ruined an hour later by gusting ice-cold winds from the north that spoils the fun. Trout is however accustomed to this type of rapid weather change, and so they tend to start feeding from the surface as soon as the first couple of mayflies hatch. There is no time to waste up here as summer is very short and fish need to put on weight before the long and dark winter takes over.

Last year me and a good friend experienced one of days when you thought nothing good could come of this day.We have had rain the entire morning and not a lot of rising fish, the caddis had been hanging around the tree line and frustratingly avoiding the water. It was just before lunch time when the aurivilli hatch started and the skies opened up revealing the sun for the first time in days. Some fish had been rising since the start of the hatch but the big guys where nowhere to be seen. Suddenly the caddis started flying out on the water and it didn’t take long before I spotted four really big fish. They were all lined up, with two meters apart feeding at the edge of a faster current. Here, in the slower moving water they could feed on the insects without expending too much energi. These fish where big, they had hogged the best feeding positions and if that was not a good enough sign of big fish, then that slow head and tail rise threw any doubt out the window.

I tied on a CDC Caddis and had had an hour of fly fishing heaven.  the weather swooped in and the cold set in again, putting an end to it all. It was probably for the best, it will keep you honest. Showing respect to the trout on days like this is hard for many anglers, but it is important to remember that when fishing is easy, dont exploit it. Sit back and just enjoy that you have landed a good trout.

A good day on the river.

Dream trout

Dream trout

 

Fantastic Mr Trout.